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Angélique Kidjo coming to the DMV area Dec 5th!

10th November 2015

For all those located in the DMV area, we’re excited to announce that our founder, Angélique Kidjo, will be performing at The Clarice in College Park, MD on Saturday, December 5th!

For more information and tickets, please visit the Clarice’s website.


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Please join us Nov. 3rd for an intimate evening with Angelique Kidjo at ABC Carpet & Home!

16th October 2015


Attention all Batonga supporters and Angelique Kidjo fans in the New York area! We hope you will join us November 3rd for a unique evening and concert at ABC Carpet & Home. Click here to purchase tickets while there’s still time!


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Angelique Kidjo to #YALI2015: ‘Be Bold, Be Creative, and Move Forward’

11th August 2015


On the margins of the Presidential Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship in Washington, D.C. this week, famed recording artist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo visited IREX and spoke to a group of the 2015 ‪ Fellows. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship exchange of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  It is sponsored by the U.S. government and assisted in its implementation by IREX.

Ms. Kidjo is a passionate advocate for girls’ education and has made that a focus of her UNICEF Ambassadorship. Girls’ education was a focal point of her talk to the Mandela Washington Fellows as well; she said, “If you achieve education, you can transform your life.”

The West African singer also addressed social issues in ‪‎Africa and encouraged the Fellows to be agents of change in their communities and around the world. She urged them to be social entrepreneurs and to run organizations that are sustainable and focus on the people. “Be bold, be creative, and move forward,” she said.

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